Saracens blow Bristol away

Fiji star Kameli Ratuvou made a two-try return as Saracens inflicted a five-try 45-15 victory over Bristol in Sunday’s EDF Energy Cup clash at Vicarage Road.

England’s Andy Farrell joined the Fijian duo of Moses Rauluni and Ratuvou for their first appearances of the club season as Alan Gaffney’s men made light work of their opponents.

Sarries, making ten changes from last week’s win over Leeds Carnegie, had a 6-0 lead inside 15 minutes thanks to two Gordon Ross penalties, both awarded for Bristol straying offside at the breakdown.

The visitors then enjoyed their only spell of first half pressure which resulted in Saracens lock Hugh Vyvyan being sin-binned for pulling down a maul on his own line.

Bristol skipper Joe El Abd opted to tap the penalty and was rewarded when hooker David Blaney rumbled over for his first try of the season.

But Ross was on target with the boot once more as Saracens reasserted their early control, and they had their first try on 33 minutes when Samoan prop Cencus Johnston burst down the left wing and into the Bristol 22.

Johnston offloaded to Edd Thrower – a late inclusion at full-back after Richard Haughton was injured in the warm up – who gave Kameli Ratuvou the simple task of diving over the line.

Ross converted and added another penalty three minutes later to stretch the 14-man home side’s lead to 14 points.

Jason Strange hit back for Bristol with a penalty just before half-time to reduce the arrears but missed a simple chance at the start of the second half, his third failure of the day.

A break by Tom Arscott on 55 minutes gave Bristol hope of a route back into the game but centre Rob Higgitt knocked on in the next phase of play and Saracens were able to clear.

Richard Hill’s side then lost scrum-half Brian O’Riordan to the bin for not rolling away at the tackle and Saracens capitalised on the hour when Vyvyan took a quick tap penalty five metres out and powered through three defenders to score.

Replacement Glen Jackson added the extras and then immediately put Vyvyan through a gap after the restart, who fed Dave Seymour to score under the posts.

Blaney replied with his second shortly after but Ratuvou crossed to secure Saracens a bonus point and replacement Andy Kyriacou added a fifth score to complete the rout.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Tries: Kyriacou, Seymour, Vyvyan, Ratuvou 2
Cons: Ross, Jackson 3
Pens: Ross 4

For Bristol:
Try: Blaney
Con: Strange
Pen: Strange

Saracens: 15 Richard Haughton, 14 Rodd Penney, 13 Kevin Sorrell (c), 12 Andy Farrell, 11 Kameli Ratuvou, 10 Gordon Ross, 9 Moses Rauluni, 8 Ben Skirving, 7 David Seymour, 6 Paul Gustard, 5 Hugh Vyvyan, 4 Tom Ryder, 3 Cencus Johnston, 2 Matt Cairns, 1 Nick Lloyd
Replacements: 16 Andy Kyriacou, 17 Tom Mercey, 18 Kris Chesney, 19 Andy Saull, 20 Neil de Kock, 21 Glen Jackson, 22 Adam Powell

Bristol: 15 David Hill, 14 Tom Arscott, 13 Neil Brew, 12 Rob Higgitt, 11 Lee Robinson, 10 Jason Strange, 9 Brian O’Riordan, 8 Andrew Blowers, 7 Joe El Abd (c), 6 Nathan Budgett, 5 Sean Hohneck, 4 Gareth Llewellyn, 3 Darren Crompton, 2 David Blaney, 1 Alex Clarke.
Replacements: 16 Scott Linklater, 17 Dave Hilton, 18 Redford Pennycook, 19 James Phillips, 20 Haydn Thomas, 21 Sam Cox, 22 Craig Morgan

Referee Tim Wigglesworth (England)
Touch judges: Paul Dickens (England), David Kurk (England)
Assessor: Brian Campsall (Wales)
Television match official: Matt Peters (England)


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